BMW is one of Germany's top automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company.
BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are Germany’s best-selling luxury carmakers in the world. The Bavarian company was founded in 1916 and has its headquarters in Munich. It also owns and produces Mini cars, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The Los Angeles Auto Show is not restricted to American car manufacturers. The Germans will be there too. BMW is showing the sporty M versions of the X5 and X6. Audi is showcasing the R8 in its limited competition version along with a concept car, the A9. Porsche is highlighting the GTS models of its 911 and Cayenne.
BMW developed new model structures when it introduced the 4-series. Even numbers are coupes; odd numbers, sedans. Even the sporty M models are being forced to toe the new line. After four generations, the M3 coupe has become the M4 coupe. That made room for a new M3, this time in the shape of a sedan.
BMW's i3 pioneers the revolution of electric cars. The company claims its low weight means one battery charge will take you 160 kilometers. The interior is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, the chassis is aluminum. The vehicle weighs just over 1200 kilograms. We tested it in everyday driving.
The 328 is still considered a dream sports car. Designed in the early 1930s, the roadster first rolled off the assembly line in 1937. The Bavarian Motor Works built only 464 cars of this type. But the BMW 328 once owned by race car driver Walter Schlüter is not like the others.
The M4 is just as brawny under the hood, with a straight six-cylinder 317 kilowatt engine reaching a maximum torque of 550 newton meters and launching the car from zero to 100 kph in just 4.4 seconds. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is optional. The model we tested starts at 82,100 euros in Germany.